Zero Waste Roasting
Alpaca Coffee’s range of specialty coffee, from single-origins and original blends, is roasted using leftover coffee grounds in the UK. The coffee grounds are collected locally in Dorset, then turned into coffee logs, which are used in the coffee roaster as a biofuel.
Globally, we drink over 2 billion cups of coffee a day and 18 million tonnes of coffee grounds are wasted every year. Spent coffee grounds are usually regarded as waste but are in fact an abundant, energy rich resource that should not end up in our landfills. The use of circular technology allows us to roast our eco-conscious coffee and avoid landfills while using otherwise wasted material.
Typical roasters use fossil fuels (also the main component of single-use plastics) as a heat source. This is unsustainable for 2 main reasons:
- Fossil fuels are a finite resource. This means once they’re gone they’re never coming back. The global supply is estimated to run out as soon as 2060, and we need to find more sustainable alternatives now.
- In the process of burning fossil fuels, CO2 and other harmful gases, known as greenhouse gases, are released into the air. The gases block heat from leaving the Earth's atmosphere and cause temperatures to rise everywhere; Earth, just like humans, struggles to adjust to temperature changes.
We know that individual actions alone cannot change the world. It is part of our sustainable mission to innovate and challenge traditional practices and players: that is what you are helping to support with Alpaca Coffee.
Better Coffee for You and the Planet